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Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Scotch Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Mainly available filtered in bottles, though part of the production goes unfiltered into cask.
The traditional brewing process used in the production of Traquair House Ale consists of the following; 1. Traditional infusion mashing process. The wort is then drawn off and boiled during which process the hops are added. 2. The wort is now cooled and pitched with top fermenting yeast under controlled temperature. It is then fermented in oak over a period of seven days. The beer is then transferred into cold storage tanks or barrels and matured over a period of weeks. After maturation the beer is filtered prior to packing.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 11, 2002
great scotch ale. dark nutty brown , beige head. overpowering malt aroma that has notes of toffee, caramel and plums. very rich taste. malt dominates. full flavor with many organic tsatessuch as wood, smoke and peat. smooth velvet palate with the alcohol content well hidden.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2002
Great drink. Warming, refreshing and the alcohol is well hidden. The aroma is breathtaking. I would recommend this to anyone.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - SEP 7, 2002
nice chocolate color with malt aroma nice fruit and malt flavours with a nice warming finnish

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
khayman70 (153) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Dark orange and almost smokey looking in the glass, with very little head. The nose was of smoked fruit & peat. No hint of alcohol burn and a very pleasant, yet mild hops aftertaste. I have found my favorite Scotch ale. Delicious.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1500) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Translucent mahogany with a dense beige head. Creamy medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Aroma: roasty malt, metallic minerality, woodsy hops, and a touch of chocolate malt acidity.

Taste: rich chocolate malt, woodsy hops, roasty malt, mild minerality, a slight sourness, and subtle charred malt astringency.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Nice and malty. Aromas of caramel, toffee, wine, hint of liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Brown, with a thin head.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 1, ’12 330ml bottle poured into a tulip with my buddy in Napa, CA. A: Caramel malts strong on the nose, with molasses notes, and maybe some figs and/or dates. I can taste the alcohol, but it doesn’t feel out of place, and sort of compliments the dark malty profile. An inviting aroma that fits the style well, it warms to reveal some nutty tones, along with toffee and subtle woodsy notes. A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a small head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not a ton of lacing, but it does gives some nice legs with each sip, coating the glass in suds. T: This is a very robust malty flavored beer. A dark caramel malt base is the backbone for a variety of flavorful notes to come through. Dark fruits, (figs and/or dates) and just a touch of black cherries can be identified. Alcohol warmth and a molasses taste give it some hearty weight. Hazelnut and hints of toffee and maple add to the sweeter side, and oak and peat provide some delicious earthy tones. Finishes with just the right amount of alcohol heat, along mild bitterness and cocoa. Truly a well crafted flavor profile, and a damn drinkable beer. P: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, with a medium-to-heavy weight to the body. Slight warmth in the finish with mild lingering bitterness. O: A dark, complex, and flavorful beer. As a major fan of the style, I consider this the standard by which all others are measured. DELICIOUS!!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (423) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 24, 2014
Splendida birra, dal sapore pieno e ricco. Già l’aroma mostra una birra di gran classe, caratterizzata dal sapore dolce. Ai bocca si sente il marzapane, ma anche un leggerissimo acidulo e un tocco di amarognolo nel retrogusto. Personalmente, però, sempre in casa Traquair, preferisco la Jacobite ale.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1427) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Backwoods Bastard is the only barrel aged Scotch Ale I have to compare Traquair House Ale to. It’s a flattering comparison, yet both are so different from one another. Unlike Backwoods Bastard (or countless other barrel brews), Traquair House is medium-bodied and extremely smooth. Aroma is malty and rich with hints of syrup. Flavor has dark fruit, caramel, toasted malt, and a hint of smoke. Aging has given the beer some oak smells and tastes, but the influence is smartly subdued. ’Bout time I had a Scotch Ale from Scotland. Damn glad I started with this one.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
martinbach (1) - - MAR 12, 2016 does not count
A brown dark color. A lot of sirup caramel and a nose of coffee. The taste is long and despite the 7.2 in alcoholic there is almost no taste of it. Perfect balance


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